Bronze casting

Bronze Dagger Casting

The Course

In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare your own mould, work the leather bellows on the charcoal-fuelled furnace and cast liquid metal to create your very own replica Bronze Age dagger. Working with replica Bronze Age filing and cleaning tools you will then begin working on your blade and will be given advice on how to fit a wooden handle to your dagger blade at home.

The Tutor

Dr James Dilley is an experimental archaeologist and artisan, specialising in prehistoric technologies. In 2009, he founded Ancient Craft, which aims to educate and reconnect people to their prehistoric heritage. James has a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Southampton, and has worked with numerous museums, schools and heritage sites. His work is displayed at The British Museum and Stonehenge, and he has worked with several high profile media companies such as the BBC, National Geographic, New Scientist and Dorling Kindersley Publishing.

Participant Information

Please bring suitable warm outdoor clothing and shoes as this course takes place outside.

Fee & Refreshments

£100 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have and dietary requirements. The Museum cafe will be open or you may wish to bring a packed lunch.

Book course



Fri 12 August 2022






Historic Trades & Crafts